A UNION leader has claimed inviting the Bank of England Governor to the TUC conference today is like Christians asking "the devil" to address them.
BRITAIN's biggest trade unions are preparing to inflict an embarrassing defeat on Gordon Brown at the Labour Party conference, after the Prime Minister flatly snubbed their demands for higher public-sector pay.
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TRADE union membership has stabilised at about 6.5 million in recent years after steady falls during the years of Conservative governments in the 1980s and early 1990s.
MORE than a million older workers cannot get a job as employers will not invest in training, a report by the TUC today claimed.
TONY Blair is expected to hold out a pre-election olive branch to the unions today, telling them that he wants their full participation in preparing the next Labour manifesto.
EFFORTS by Downing Street to shed its reputation for spin came unstuck yesterday amid allegations that Tony Blair had toned down a speech to union leaders at the TUC conference.
A SENIOR government minister made the frank admission yesterday that relations between Labour and the trade unions have deteriorated because of the party’s links with big business.
LABOUR was facing a series of fresh attacks from unions today over foundation hospitals and the UK’s involvement in the war against Iraq.
TONY Blair and his Chancellor, Gordon Brown, joined forces yesterday to deliver a blunt message to the TUC that Labour had no intention of caving into union demands by abandoning its controversial public sector policies.
"SHUT up or ship out" were the words used by TUC general secretary Brendan Barber on the eve of this year’s annual TUC congress.
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